Thu, Sep 03


Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum

Chautuaqua Native American Series

Chautuaqua Native American  Series

Time & Location

Sep 03, 2020, 6:30 PM – Sep 07, 2020, 11:30 AM

Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum, 1013 N Long Dr, Syracuse, IN 46567, USA

About the Event


This historical series was jointly developed and   sponsored by:

Syracuse-Wawasee   Historical Museum

Phone: 574-457-3599

Located in the   Syracuse Community Center

Hours: Tuesday -   Saturday 10:00 – 2:00

Upcoming   Events (see website for details):

Community   Garage Sale (Concessions)—October 19, 9:00 – 2:00

LYC Fall   Carnival (Craft)—October 26, 6:00 – 8:00

Breakfast   with Santa (Reindeer Food craft)—December 7, 8:00 – 11:00


Upcoming Events (see website for details):

Hoosier Suffragists Who Raised A Ruckus – September 5

Lake Wawasee “Did you know?” Fall Cruise - October 10

Purdue Varsity Glee Club – October 23

Fall Prevention with Parkview – October 27

Old Fashion Christmas at Oakwood Resort – November 28

the Great Lakes region, and was invited to the World Ocean   Museum in Kaliningrad, Russia in 2016 to build a dugout canoe funded by the   US Department of State.

Friday September 6 6:30 – 7:30

Prehistoric weapons,   tools and adornments of Native Americans

Michelle and Jim will bring back to   the Wawasee area remnants of the inhabitants of this area from centuries ago.   With over 100 years of combined studies of prehistory, they will discuss and   exhibit a collection of over two hundred Native American artifacts. The   identification and function of these relics will be the topic of their   presentation. A short presentation identifying raw flint that is indigenous   to this area will be included. Many of the artifacts will be their personal   finds from thousands of hours of fieldwork.

About   the Presenters Jim Bickel & Michelle Edington

Jim developed an interest in hunting for arrowhead as a young   boy. While on fishing trips with his father, he would frequently hunt for   artifacts as well. He continued to surface hunt for more than 50 years, with   his most memorable day occurring on March 1, 1985 when he and his daughter   Michelle discovered a cache of 70 hornstone willowleaf blades, which can be   seen in Who's Who in Indian Relics, Volume 7.

Michelle  began her love of collecting Native American Indian artifacts as a young   child by finding treasures while surface hunting in fields along the Wabash   River. This family tradition produced several pieces of history that included   the discovery of the Wabash River Cache Blades. She has a Master of Arts degree in   Education from Ball State University, and has taught for 29 years…most of her   years teaching 4th grade Indiana History which enabled her to share her love   of collecting Native American Indian artifacts with others.

Northeastern Indiana Historical

Native American Series

Chautauqua-Wawasee and   Syracuse-Wawasee Historical Museum are collaborating to offer the second   annual series of three programs that explore the history of Native Americans   in northeastern Indiana. Each of the   three one-hour programs will be presented over a three-day period, September 3-5,   at the Syracuse Community Center, offered free of charge. Each program will feature presenters with   expert knowledge, and provide an interactive environment for discussion.

Thursday September 3 6:30 – 7:30

Elm Bark Dugout Canoe Construction   Presentation

Dugout   canoes have been historically reported in many lakes in northeastern Indiana,   and the bark of a large elm tree can be used to build a serviceable canoe in   less than a day. Join us for a presentation and discussion of historic   watercraft built from natural materials gathered right from the forests, and   built on the shores of these lakes and rivers for thousands of years.

About the Presenter Erik Vosteen

Erik Vosteen has been building and teaching   about watercraft of the prehistoric Great Lakes region for over a decade. He   has built numerous   elm   bark   and  dugout    canoes  over  the    past  15 years  around

Saturday September 7  10:30 – 11:30

Legends, Lore and Legacies of Northeast Indiana Natives

Trevor Tipton will discuss and display his Indian   artifact collection acquired from Noble County and weave the local history of   the Native Americans into this presentation. From the pre-historic cultures,   including the Mound Builders, to the historical tribes of the Miami and the   Pottawatomie, Tipton will share the history, folk stories and legends of   these native peoples. His personal collection accumulated over the past 40   years will be on display.

About the Presenter Trevor Tipton

 Trevor Tipton has taught at Central Noble   School Corporation for 41 years. His   first teaching assignment was 4th grade where Indiana History was a large   part of the curriculum. During his   first year, 1979-1980, he began collecting Indian artifacts so that he could   share the history of the Indians with his students. Trevor’s focus over the years has always   been to preserve the history of Noble County’s Pre-Columbian era. He has walked many farmed fields of Noble   County, discovered Native’s campsites, read historical and archeological   journals and amassed a large collection of stone tools, weapons and   ornamental objects. Trevor loves to share his collection and knowledge.

Saturday   September 7 - Flintknapping Demonstration – Jeff Mesaros

Want to know how arrow heads were made by hand?  Jeff Mesaros will show you how. This technology was used in historic times   to manufacture gun flints and in prehistoric times to make spear and dart   points, arrow heads, knives, scrapers, blades, gravers, perforators, and many   other tools.

About   the Flintknapper - Jeff Mesaros

Jeff Mesaros’ interest in the art of   flintknapping began as a youngster walking the fields near the Mississinewa   River. His curiosity eventually led   him to meet D.C. Waldorf, author of The Art of Flintknapping. Jeff has researched geological survey maps   to locate chert outcroppings, focusing on locations in Indiana, Ohio and   Kentucky.

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